Hello World #introductions
I'm Brad, 31, he/him, in the US Midwest, and an engineer working on cool space hardware.
Stuff I like and am good at:
- Embedded Programming
- Tabletop Games
Stuff I like and am getting better at:
- RATS RATS RATS
- Web Programming
Stuff I want to do:
- Start a commune with all my friendos
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism
Capitalism, Techbros Show more
Really tired of all the "Unrestrained capitalism is the only way to save the planet" takes that are coming across every other social media platform lately.
Seems like more than usual.
There's a culture of negativity forming on the fediverse, similar to other platforms. The instinct is to call attention to it and critique it, but that itself is just creating more negativity
I think a better tactic is to make a conscious effort to create and spread more positive content, even simple stuff like the plants you're growing or the meal you're having
I'm in Puerto Rico this week, and yesterday I visited the Arecibo Observatory, the biggest single-dish telescope humanity has constructed. Owing to failing science budgets, an administrative disdain for Puerto Rico, and hurricane damage, the visitors center is now their single biggest source of income. They'll let almost anyone observe if they're able to cut a check, starting at just $500.
Etiquette Show more
Before jumping into someone else's mentions:
✅ Am I being contrarian?
✅ Do I already have a relationship with this person, or am I being inappropriately familiar?
✅ Am I "ironically" doing exactly what this person just said not to do?
✅ Am I derailing another legitimate discussion in order to get on my own favourite hobby-horse or to one-up this person in my knowledge of social issues?
✅ Am I saying "Are you surprised?" when they're disappointed?
✅ Am I providing unsolicited advice?
"In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act..." #OurStreets
gun violence, snark Show more
god bless america
Today I learned that the reason we mostly encode [CARRIAGE RETURN + LINE FEED] and not [LINE FEED + CARRIAGE RETURN] has to do with teletype machines (these were typewriters hooked up to computers that supported input and output). Because CR is moving the print head about 8 inches right-to-left, and LF is scrolling the paper down ~1/4", LF took less time. If you sent CR/LF to certain models of teletype it could do the LF *during* the CR, saving a little time.